Excuse this little rant… I know some of you have been wanting more of these but I have made an effort to hold-back over the past 6 months…. My day is off to a flying start and aside from a murderous rampage, throwing a little tanty like this seems more productive as some of you draw amusement from such things.
As if arriving to work to discover that someone had taken a shit in the wheelie bin isn’t bad enough, I just had a run in with [you might call her a human] a scaly reptile.
You see, I have a large A-Framed whiteboard sign outside my store and every morning I spend 15 to 20 minutes filling it with the days specials and various other advertisements. Those who know me know that I don’t do these things messily and a bit of creative effort goes into it. And so today’s whiteboard held more detail than usual on both sides.
Five minutes after completion I heard a banging coming from outside. I looked to the door and there were two mothers standing in the doorway. Firstly, that is another peeve of mine. We have an entire shopfront window, as do the two shops to either side of mine and yet mums seem to gravitate to the actual doorway, blocking anyone wanting to enter… anyhow, the banging sound was one of their kids rubbing out the writing on my board. I gave the mum a brief look (this is where most mothers would pull their child away) but she ignored me and the kid kept going. And so I came outside, looked at the board and found that the kid had erased ALL of my morning’s work. The mother looked at me with a “what?” expression on her face and kept ignoring the kid. I said to her daughter “excuse me sweetie, please don’t touch that”. The mother took issue and harked up at me. “Do not tell my daughter what to do” she said in a stern voice. I responded with “can you please keep her from wrecking my display?” to which she replied “oh get a life mate. You sad loser, its just a bit of texta and she’s just a kid”. My blood was beginning to boil and I battled demons trying to keep my composure. In an annoyed tone I told her that her kid had actually created another 15 to 20 minutes worth of work for me… now this is what really gets me. It’s at this point that a normal (decent) human being would apologise but this bitch says to me with smirk “well that’s your problem. Good luck with that”.
This is not a rant about lost time or work undone but rather a question of common decency, manners and parenthood. I HATE self centred, arrogant and rude people. Give the same level of respect to others than you would expect in return.